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  • Death of a Long-Gun Registry

    02/20/2012 6:04:27 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    NRO ^ | 20 feb 2012 | John Lott and Gary Mauser
    Despite spending a whopping $2.7 billion on creating and running a long-gun registry, Canadians never reaped any benefits from the project. The legislation to end the program finally passed the Parliament on Wednesday. Even though the country started registering long guns in 1998, the registry never solved a single murder. Instead it has been an enormous waste of police officers’ time, diverting their efforts from patrolling Canadian streets and doing traditional policing activities. Gun-control advocates have long claimed that registration is a safety issue, and their reasoning is straightforward: If a gun has been left at a crime scene and...
  • The bad news behind the January jobs report

    02/03/2012 8:42:35 AM PST · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | February 3, 2012 | John Lott
    The number of unemployed Americans last month fell by 339,000, the fifth largest drop since January 2009. But there was an even much more shockingly large number -- almost 1.2 million additional Americans were classified in January as not being in the labor force (see figure here). Unfortunately, that has been the consistent story that has made this “recovery” unique as more and more Americans have just given up looking for work. This last number not only means that the official unemployment number is misleading, but it will also likely determine where the unemployment rate ultimately goes. Indeed, the Congressional...
  • President Obama's strange definition of fairness

    01/26/2012 8:10:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 26, 2012 | John R. Lott Jr.
    During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama pushed for higher tax rates on what he called “the wealthiest Americans.”  He declared: “Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes.” As usual, the president motivated the higher taxes with references to “fair play” and getting the wealthy to pay their “fair share” of taxes. “Fairness” was the codeword of the State of the Union address, not the chronic problem of lingering high unemployment, something the president never even mentioned. ...
  • Lessons to be learned from Europe's debt downgrades

    01/23/2012 3:02:39 PM PST · by richardb72 · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2012 | John Lott
    As we watch the Eurozone struggle with its financial challenges Keynesians keep telling us the solution to our economic problems is to spend more money, to pile up bigger debts. A week and a half ago, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the debt of more than half of the Eurozone's countries, and the failure of those policies should be very obvious by now. Solving the Greek debt crisis hit yet another snag on Sunday afternoon. New aid for Greece from the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank would have relied on private bondholders “voluntarily” agreeing to a 50...
  • President Obama's Anti-Gun Agenda Shows No Sign of Stopping

    12/29/2011 12:32:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 28, 2011 | John Lott
    President Obama keeps pushing for gun control. "I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar,” President Obama told Sarah Brady, the former president of the Brady Campaign, this past spring. His push as been quiet but relentless. Just this past week Obama signaled that he was going to just ignore two new parts of the 2012 Omnibus Spending bill. Although he signed the spending bill into law, he simultaneously issued a so-called "signing statement," a note that presidents have started attaching to legislation...
  • Op-Ed: What's Wrong With Making It Easier to Carry a Gun Across State Lines?

    11/23/2011 5:28:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 15 November, 2011 | John Lott
    Congress is expected to vote Tuesday on whether concealed carry gun licenses should be treated the same way we treat driver's licenses for cars. With 245 co-sponsors in the House, the only question is whether there are the 290 votes necessary to override President Obama's veto. For decades, treating licenses for guns like those for cars was something that gun control advocates wanted. In his 2000 presidential campaign, Al Gore promised: "We require a license to drive a car in this nation in order to keep unsafe drivers off the road. As president, I will fight for a national requirement...
  • Fast and Furious Scandal Cries Out for Answers

    12/10/2011 11:29:18 AM PST · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 09, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The "Fast & Furious" scandal is getting messier and messier. New e-mails finally released late this past Friday reveal that the Department of Justice personal viewed the then-secret operation as a way to push for more gun control laws. Despite administration promises to the contrary, whistleblowers have endured "isolation, retaliation and transfer." Meanwhile the operation's managers have done pretty well, some have even received promotions. Thursday Attorney General Eric Holder admitted that the operation was "wholly unacceptable," but he still offers absolutely no explanation to explain why the program was instituted. What's going on here? Let's see... - You have...
  • Media Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News

    10/02/2011 6:48:38 PM PDT · by caper gal 1 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sep. 30, 2011 | John Lott
    <p>Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C.</p> <p>Politicians predicted disaster. "More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence," Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision.</p>
  • Media Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News

    09/30/2011 2:24:07 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C.  Politicians predicted disaster. "More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence," Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision.  Chicago’s Mayor Daley predicted that we would "go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we'll settle it in the streets . . . ."  The New York Times even editorialized this month about the Supreme Court's "unwise" decision that...
  • Has Your Job Been 'Saved'?

    09/20/2011 11:24:58 AM PDT · by JohnLott · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 20, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    During Obama's first two years in office, he passed five stimulus/jobs bills. If you add up the promises, he boldly promised something well over 5.5 million jobs "created or saved." But reality turned out very differently: there are now 2 million fewer people working than when the first Stimulus passed. On top of that, the number of jobs should have increased as the country’s population has grown by almost 5 million. Population growth by itself should have generated more than 3 million new jobs. President Obama claims that instead of our economy being short of over 5 million jobs, things...
  • Obama Gets the Numbers Wrong In His Tax Plan! (Nothing new! Obama always gets the numbers wrong)

    09/19/2011 2:34:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/2011 | By John Lott
    The justification for President Obama's new proposed tax on the wealthy is wrong on the numbers. Despite the president's claims, millionaires don't pay lower tax rates than middle class workers. His proposed surcharge on capital gains and dividend taxes will raise already high tax rates on high income individuals and force even more investment outside the United States. The so-called "Buffett rule" is based on Warren Buffett's claim: "The 400 of us [here] pay a lower part of our income in taxes than our receptionists do, or our cleaning ladies, for that matter. If you’re in the luckiest 1 per...
  • Obama Gets the Numbers Wrong In His Tax Plan

    09/19/2011 9:55:28 AM PDT · by JohnLott · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The justification for President Obama's new proposed tax on the wealthy is wrong on the numbers. Despite the president's claims, millionaires don't pay lower tax rates than middle class workers. His proposed surcharge on capital gains and dividend taxes will raise already high tax rates on high income individuals and force even more investment outside the United States. The so-called "Buffett rule" is based on Warren Buffett's claim: "The 400 of us [here] pay a lower part of our income in taxes than our receptionists do, or our cleaning ladies, for that matter. If you’re in the luckiest 1 per...
  • Liberals and the Texas Unemployment Miracle

    08/22/2011 4:53:28 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry officially entering the presidential race last week, liberals have started attacking Texas' economic record. Paul Krugman in the New York Times went first last Sunday. "So what you need to know is that the Texas miracle is a myth, and more broadly that Texan experience offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment," Krugman claimed. With the latest Gallup poll showing that just 26 percent of Americans approve of President Obama's performance on the economy, liberals have little choice but to try to distort what is happening in Texas. Krugman: "In...
  • The Texas Miracle Is No Myth

    08/19/2011 6:58:33 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Just hours after Rick Perry officially entered the presidential race last Saturday, liberals started to attack Texas’s economic record. Paul Krugman got the ball rolling in Sunday’s New York Times: “So what you need to know,” Krugman claimed, “is that the Texas miracle is a myth, and more broadly that Texan experience offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment.” With the latest Gallup poll showing that just 26 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s performance on the economy, liberals have little choice but to try to distort what is happening in Texas. To do so,...
  • How the Academic Left Engages in Debate: Inside an ugly attack on a renowned criminologist

    08/16/2011 9:21:04 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | August 16, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academic debates occasionally get pretty ugly, and that is just the way it is. Sometimes they get very ugly. There is one case that has bothered me for several years. James Q. Wilson is now 80 years old, and for decades he has been the most prominent criminologist in the country, responsible for a number of important ideas, such as the Broken Windows theory, which argues that urban disorder and vandalism produce additional crime. Undoubtedly, Wilson has made a number of enemies, as he has taken positions that upset some on the left. One such issue was Wilson’s involvement with...
  • Looks Like We're In a Recession, Not a 'Recovery'

    08/05/2011 9:43:18 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    There seems no place to hide. Americans have seen the value of their stock portfolios crash this week. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ have both lost about 8 percent of their values, and they are headed down again today. This week the Japanese NIKKEI stock market also lost over 9 percent of its value. And the UK's FTSE has lost over 11 percent. The German DAX about 13 percent. So much for promises that if we only passed the debt ceiling increase the stock markets would be calmed. Everyone was waiting for today's unemployment numbers to be released. The 117,000...
  • The Debt Deal's Three Biggest Winners and Losers

    08/02/2011 10:14:03 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 23 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | August 02 2011 | JOHN LOTT
    Unfortunately, the new agreement does not accomplish as much as many had hoped, or as much as it should have, in terms of curbing spending and continued deficits. This explains why stock markets continued to fall despite the supposedly "good" news. The reason is because, once again, politicians are continuing to push the problem to the future. The Winners: 1. Stimulus Recipients and Big Government: 2. Deficit Spending: 3. Score a Victory for Scare Tactics: The Losers: 1. Our Bond Rating: 2. The Tea Party: 3. The Economy: John R. Lott, Jr. is a FoxNews.com contributor. He is an economist...
  • The Debt Deal's Three Biggest Winners and Losers

    08/02/2011 11:11:19 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 2, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With a debt ceiling agreement finally in place and the Senate on track to approve it today congratulations are being handed out all around.  Armageddon and catastrophe has supposedly been averted. And politicians are rushing to put the best face on the deal.  Unfortunately, the new agreement does not accomplish as much as many had hoped, or as much as it should have, in terms of curbing spending and continued deficits. This explains why stock markets continued to fall despite the supposedly "good" news. The reason is because, once again, politicians are continuing to push the problem to the future. ...
  • Did gun control fail Norway?

    07/26/2011 8:39:45 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 36 replies
    Sun News ^ | July 26, 2011 | Ezra Levant and John Lott
    Sun News' Ezra Levant and John Lott discuss the horrible multiple victim public shooting in Norway.
  • Congress Can Learn From 1995-96 Debt-Ceiling Debate

    07/26/2011 7:57:07 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Failure to raise the Federal debt ceiling limit could "roil the financial markets and cause severe economic problems," "cause profound damage to our country," and have “dire consequences.” So wrote the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and New York Times. But the year was 1995, not 2011. Other ills predicted during that contentious debate were rising unemployment, reduced GDP growth, and soaring interest rates. That was at a time when President Clinton and Democrats were fighting off attempts by Republicans to link cutting the deficit to the increase in the debt ceiling and a continuing resolution on spending. Then as...